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brent: this is dw news, live from berlin. tonight, a message to mark the calendar. the u.s. him to see in israel will move to jusalem by the end of next year. u.s. vice president mike pence made that announcement in a speech to israel's parliament today. he received a standing ovation. but lawmakers were thrown out of the chamber for protesting the visit and trump's policy on jerusalem. a surprise deal in washington. the u.s. senate votes to end the government shutdown, paving the
way for hundreds of thousands of people to go back to work. and germany's social democrats get set for negotiations to form another grand coalition with angela merkel's conservatives. but the chancellor will not have an easy ride i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. u.s. vice president mike pence has told the israeli knesset that the american embassy will move to jerusalem by the end of next year, earlier than expected. it only adds to the controversy. mike pence is the first u.s. politician to visit the region since president trump recognized jerusalem as israel's capital last month. israeli-arab lawmakers made their opposition to the move clear from the start of tense's -- start of pence's speech. mark: the protests kicked off
before mike pence began his speech. arab-israeli lawmakers were escorted from the knesset after waving signs following donald trump incendiary move to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. they showing -- they sanctioned east jerusalem as a message that we are against trump's decoration. east jerusalem should be capital of palestine. west jerusalem, capital of israel. mike pence was given a warmer lcome by israeli prime minister netanyahu, and was unrepentant. he said the u.s. was only recognizing fact over fiction as a worst step toward new peace negotiations between israelis and palestinians. vice president pence: the united states appreciates your government's declared willingness to resume peace negotiations with the palestinian authority. but today, we strongly urge the palestinian leadership to return to the table.
peace can only come through dialogue. mark: it is a dialogue that palestinian authority is avoiding, at least with the u.s.. palestinian present mahmoud abbas refused to meet pence, traveling to brussels to try to convince europe to take a stand in this conflict. >> we consider the european union a true partner and friend. we therefore call on its member states to swiftly recognize the state of palestine. there is no contradiction between the recognition of palestine and their assumption -- the resumption of peace negotiations. mark: the u.s. is determined that the move will go ahead, and quickly. pence announced the u.s. embassy will relocate from tel aviv to jerusalem by the end of 2019. brent: for more now, we want to speak to our jerusalem correspondent, tania kramer. good evening to you.
the vice president said he came with a message from the u.s. president, and we heard that today. what else was in pence's message to the knesset and to the world? tania: we heard a speech from ham packed with biblical references, praising jewish history, praising the ties between israel and the u.s., and praising again the u.s. recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel, saying what has been done wrong in the past 70 years was being done right, this time by president trump. he also talked iran, which was interesting. he said iran will never be able to develop a nuclear weapon, and the u.s. would not be able to certify the disastrous iranian nuclear deal anymore in the future. also, of course, what you mentioned already -- he said the u.s. embassy, this very
controversial jerusalem recognition -- would happen sooner rather than later, by the end of next year -- that it would move from tel aviv to jerusalem. brent: we also heard the u.s. vice president saying that the u.s. decision to move the embassy is a first step toward a new era of peace negotiations. as far as we know, he is not meeting with any palestinians while he is in the middle east. what are we hearing from the palestinians? they are saying the opposite, aren't they? tania: they do. they would call this the end of an era for them, because the end of an era is the u.s. as peace negotiator or mediator. at the moment, there are no negotiations. we saw pictures of the israeli-arab lawmakers. they had said before the speech that they would boycott the speech. they went at the beginning of the speech and they were protesting. they were removed from the
knesset. they wee saying this decision is against any peaceful movement and will not bring peace to the region, and any peace initiative. palestinian said already back in december, shortly after trump announced his decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel, that they will not meet with any u.s. administration officials, because they say the status of jerusalem should be part of final status negotiations. that is also consensus around the world area brent: our correspondent in jerusalem, tania kramer, on the story tonight. tania, think you very much. in the united states, the shutdown of the federal government is coming to an end after three days. the senate voted for a bill to fund federal agencies, which allows the government to resume its business. after lengthy negotiations, democratic leaders in the senate agreed to end their delaying tactics and return for the
republicans agreeing to debate the immigration issue, especially the plight of so-called dreamers who were taken to the u.s. illegally as children, and now could face to partition. -- deportation. our correspondent michael conecuh -- knigge is standing by. i have the democrats made what appears to be a sudden reversal and voted to end the shutdown? michael: that is an excellent question. the fact is that democrats did what they said they would not do before, which is folk for a bill that does not address the fate of the so-called dreamers. they basically trust now that republicans, as they promised to do, will take up the issue of the dreamers separately in early february. the reason why democrats might have done this is because they were probably afraid that this shutdown would be blamed on them, especially for those
democrats running in competitive races in the midterm elections. what is interesting is this could spell trouble internally for the democrats, as many left-winning progressive democrats, some of the most well-known democrats -- bernie sanders and elizabeth warren, but also cory booker and christian gillibrand -- voted against this bill. as could spell trouble for the democrats in the future. brent:, november. -- come november. what does this mean in terms of another shutdown? does this mean the matter is off the table and the government will be funded in definitely? michael: no, it does not. it is just kicking the can down the road, so to speak. this extension of the funding just runs until early february, and then the whole matter will come up again in the congress, and it remains to be seen if congress can come up with a full-fledged resolution of this issue, once and for all. but until then, we could face
the same situation again in early february. brent: this was a two or three day shutdown over the weekend. we cannot talk about a lot of impact it had on the lives of many americans, can we? michael: no, it did not have such a big impact. as you said, this was mostly just over the weekend, and the government will resume operations now again. probably one of the most crucial issues was that the centers for disease control, who monitor the current flu epidemic that is raging in the u.s. and has left some 30 children dead so far -- they have stopped monitoring that flu epidemic, and they will continue working on that again. that is good news, that the shutdown has ended now. brent: washington correspondent michael knigge on the story tonight from the u.s. capitol. thank you. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. fighting on the turkey-syria border intensified today as turkish troops and their allies
advanced on the kurdish enclave of afrid inside syria. the offensive is aimed at neutralizing a u.s.-backed kurdish militia that turkey content -- considers to be a terror organization. the town is said to be surrounded, but the kurds say they have repelled turkish troops from two villages seized on sunday. pope francis has apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests shall prove to be believed, but continued to defend chilean bishop accused of covering up the most notorious pedophile priest. francis repeated that anyone who makes such accusations without providing evidence is guilty of slander. germany's social democrats are promising some tough negotiations with angela merkel's conservatives on forming a new government. the spd voted by a slim margin to join formal coalition talks on sunday. the party says that it is not satisfied with a luminarias agreement reached more than week
ago, and is calling for a renegotiation of some key issues. spd leader martin schulz had this to say today. martin: as a social democratic party, we go into these coalition talks with the aim of giving germany a new government that not just improves the lives of the people in this country, but fulfills germany's international obligations. with a view to the e.u. and the unity of europe. we will lead the discussions tonight in that spirit. brent: we want to pull in our political correspondent, who is outside the headquarters of the christian democrats, angela merkel's party in berlin. good evening, simon. what can we expect to come out of these talks? the leader of the young wing of the spd says the coalition can only be a repeat of the past four years. simon: yes, brent. although there has been a decision by social democrats to
press ahead with full coalition talks with angela merkel's conservatives, we are going to have to be a little more patient, as the spd saving the more time -- say they need more time to decide how they will appreciate these talks, with what team. they will come to negotiations, that where they are going to try to push for more concessions. so many people in the social democrat party have said that is what they are looking for. so tonight's meeting here at cdu headquarters with martin schulz, the spd, and the conservative leaders, is just to set the agenda, set the timetable for talks we expect will begin later this week. brent: we have heard the spd party leader martin schulz says he wants to revisit all the key issues in these formal talks which are about to begin. how much pressure does this put on these negotiations?
simon: there is a lot of pressure, because we have seen such a division within the spd. so many people very unhappy about the fact that being in grand coalition is essentially seeing them loose support over the years in successive terms. but it is also -- they feel buried, the social democrat agenda. that is the danger for them. that strengthens martin schulz's hand. he can say to angela merkel, i have my people waiting at home. they are going to begin in a vote on this coalition deal, if we put one together. if there is no red meat for social democrats to get behind, there has to be something in terms of policy on the labor market, on the health care system. some of these key areas that have been identified, where social democrats would like to see some concessions from angela merkel's side. brent: we have about 20 seconds
left. give us a date we could see a new government here in germany. simon: there is a few more weeks of talks, brent. then, there will be a vote of the spd membership to see if they approved the deal. it could be mid-march before any new ran coalition government is sworn in. brent: simon young on the story in berlin. simon, thank you very much. in russia, opposition leader alexei navalny has suffered another setback after a moscow court ordered a foundation supporting him to shut down. the justice ministry had filed a lawsuit against the foundation, citing various irregularities. last month, election officials barred navalny from running in march's presidential election. >> this is the latest blow against kremlin critic alexa and a balmy a judge in moscow has decided the opposition foundation, the fifth season of
the year, must be shut down. she found guilty of the, including listing a wrong administrative address. the foundation has been used to pay rent and salaries at the politician's offices across russia. his lawyers see the decision as politically motivated. >> the sentence is illegal. we will appeal it. i am sure the decision will be revoked or found to be a breach of human rights conventions. reporter: the trial happened so quickly it -- >> the trial happened so quickly it is obvious this is to shut down the foundation as quickly as possible because authorities do not like that navalny is organizing a boycott of the elections. reporter: last month, alexei navalny took to youtube to tell his supporters to boycott the election this march. this came after he was barred from taking part in the race because of a previous front collection. he says this is a trumped up charge, and without him, the elections will not be legitimate. >> vladimir putin is scared,
afraid of computing with me. he sees the competition as a threat. reporter: last week, several of the politician's came -- campaign offices were searched by police. police are preparing for boycotts. they say the court decision will not change that. brent: you are watching dw news, live from berlin. he spent many hours in stadiums, but not like this. the form football star george weah is sworn in as liberia's new president. he has some lofty goals. speaking of lofty goals and altitudes, we are going to the top of the swiss alps tonight to talk about world economic news. javier: that is right. that is going to start. that means a lot of big names -- british prime minister theresa may, french president emmanuel macron, and the brazilian president are just some of the world leaders that are expected to attend the world economic forum in doubles -- in davos.
we cannot forget u.s. president donald trump. davos is known for a broad array of participants and topics. here is a first look at what is coming. getting rid of the snow. that could be one of the most important jobs in davos. roads need to be cleared for many world leaders to make their way to the ski resort. the first time in almost two decades, a sitting u.s. president will be taking part. something he needs to have discussions with other foreign leaders more than anyone. >> i think what is important is that whoever is the leader of a country does not have just a national perspective, but an international perspective, a global perspective. and so presidents of -- the president of the united states will come. we will hopefully provide him even better with a global perspective. alex: but locals have a
different view. the u.s. president's attendance means tighter security endeavors, and many here are not excited about trump. >> i don't care whether he is coming or not. one does not even see him, and i do not want to seeim either. >> i am not really interested, and i don't think -- reporter: until friday, 70 heads of state and government will be in discussions about the global economy with the global business world and ngos. >> we have 3000 participants coming together at the time where we see a lot of geopolitical challenges. at the same time, we see that growth is back in the global economy. for us, it is very important that this growth is more inclusive and creates more jobs. reporter: but it is not just about the global economy. other topics on the agenda include technology and its challenges, the gender pay gap, and wealth inequality.
javier: speaking of wealth inequality, just like last year, the international ngo oxfam released its annual inequality report in time for the world economic forum. oxfam says the number of billionaires worldwide has increased to 2049 in the past year, with their combined wealth going up 13%. there is nothing bad with more billionaires, but it comes at a price. let's look at some of those figures. 82% of the global wealth that was created in the last year got to the wealthiest 1%. that is what oxfam is saying. let's put that into perspective. in just four years, the ceo of one of the world's top fashion brands earns as much as a seamstress in bangladesh her entire life. to make things even worse, oxfam also notes that billionaires are usually experts in tax avoidance. they are paying about 2000
billion dollars less in taxes than they should, according to the respective loss of their countries. compare that to development aid paid out by the leading industrial nations to less developed countries, which is just $145 billion. while the world is looking at millionaires and stars in davos, here is a look at those who struggle. reporter: the oxfam inequality report does not just say the rich are getting richer. it's as the fortunes of the world's poorest are not improving at all. >> 50%. the bottom 50% of humanity, 3.7 billion people, have got nothing, 0% of the new wealth created. it is getting worse. billionaire wealth is increasing six times faster than the wages of ordinary people. reporter: this disparity is felt deeply in the province where many work in the textile and garment sector. often far from home and away from their families. one is 32 and works six days a
week for about one u.s. dollar an hour. she cannot afford to keep her children with her. they live with their grandparents, more than a thousand kilometers away. >> i don't have enough money to raise my children. i have to save money for them, to feed them, so they will be well fed like their friends. i want it to be that way. reporter: oxfam says it is badly paid work that ensures goods are kept cheap, and sold in massive volumes, lining the pockets of corporate shareholders and executives. to combat widening inequality, the charity has called for ensuring a living wage for workers and imposing higher taxes on the wealthy. javier: not only inequality is a problem for many. venezuela is getting ready to relaunch its currency exchange system, based on new technology. but it is another weak effort to encounter a crisis that has
brought the economy to its needs -- knees. in caracas, people are going on a dangerous treasure hunt out of sheer desperation to make ends meet. reporter: hand deep in the mud of the river in caracas, this is how angel and his friends make a living. as the dirt sifts through their fingers, they are hoping to see something they can sell. >> you can find everything here -- copper, bronze, silver, gold. that is what we are mainly looking for. reporter: -- >> the situation has put us here because we don't have jobs. reporter: these lost or discarded possessions can include jewelry, like earrings and bracelets, but it is dangerous work. the river carries excess rainwater, so a heavy downpour could watch -- washing joint's friends away. and the river stinks. it is dirty and the potential
health risk. >> first of all, this is not treated water. it is like water from the bottom of your toilet bowl at home. imagine for every day you are exposed to this water. it is nothing more than sewage. reporter: but the crisis has left people without a choice. 26-year-old angel lives with his father in one of the poorest areas of caracas. he found a job as a street sweeper, but for less than seven dollars per month. searching the river is more lucrative, but only enough for the bear essentials. -- arb bare essentials. >> i would like to leave, but the price of everything goes up, and it is never enough. you get 10 thousand blvd's, but things suddenly cost 20,000.
-- you get 10,000 bolivars, but things suddenly cost 20,000. reporter: he and his friends will keep scouring the dirty river, a symbol of the crisis in venezuela. javier: a terrible situation in venezuela. that is all for business. we're going back for print for a his story on liberia. brent: former football store george weah has been sworn in as the new president, and to huge celebrations. he takes over from ellen johnson sirleaf in the country's first peaceful transfer of power in more than seven decades. weah has pledged to end corruption, to kickstart the economy to create jobs, and to turn the country around. as he takes power, the expectations could hardly be higher. reporter: hours before george weah's inauguration, his supporters were already cheering for him. they are here in liberia's
capital, monrovia, to celebrate the new president. expectations are skyhigh. >> i love you so much! we are poor people. we are here. he will be good for us. i am so happy. reporter: weah is succeeding nobel laureate ellen johnson sirleaf. the ceremony taking place in a stadium. the x professional footballer faces a daunting task. civil war and ebola have both left scars on liberia. weah has pledged to boost the economy and create jobs. weah: slackers and persons looking to cheat the liberian people through corruption will have no place. [applause] reporter: internationally, weah made his name as a football star in the 1990's at clubs like monaco, chelsea, and ac milan.
he was the first african player to be named world footballer of the year, in 1995. but he never forgot his roots. weah: i think we would share with other people, you know? i came from a very poor family. i want to stand in the -- i will not stand suffering. reporter: having won the presidency, the former football icon has to prove he can keep his campaign promises. his supporters believe that he can reboot one of the world's poorest economies. brent: from a former footballer to a current one. manchester have signed arsenal's star forward alexis sanchez in a swap deal that sees henrikh mkhitaryan move from united to arsenal. the deal is a major coup for united, who beat out manchester city to sign the chilean forward.
sanchez will reportedly become the highest-paid footballer ever in the english premier league, earning 30 million euros a year. here is a reminder of the top stories we are following for you. the u.s. vice president has told israel's parliament the american of the sea will move to jerusalem next year. mike pence's -- american embassy will move to jerusalem next year. arab-israeli legislators were thrown out of the knesset for protesting. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪
elaine: a journey of thousands of miles that seems endless. i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." first stop--haitian refugees look for a new home in central america in a search that is grinding to a halt. [protesters chanting] elaine: and later, painting outside the lines, one artist's quest to turn the u.s.-mexican border into a symbol of fraternity. ♪ ♪ welcome to the show. we begin at the border between costa rica and nicaragua, where thousands of haitians have been arriving,